Introduction to Lagrangian Floats

Fred Bingham

University of North Carolina

Dr. Bingham received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in Oceanography. His research interests include global distributions of sea surface salinity and large scale regional physical oceanography in the Kuroshio, the western North and Equatorial Pacific, and Onslow Bay, North Carolina.

Webinar Clip
What is the difference between a Lagrangian and a surface drifter? In this clip, Dr. Bingham explains that difference and how Lagrangian floats are used for at-sea salinity research.

Full webinar: Follow that Salt! Results and the Future of Salinity Exploration

Click here for a transcript of this clip (PDF, 34.4 KB).

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